And UPND president Hakainde Hichilema says his party is available for the dialogue process as long as it is not under the Zambia Centre for Inter Party Dialogue.
Addressing a media briefing at the UPND secretariat, Hichilema urged Zambians to stand in solidarity with FIC on account that they were being persecuted for speaking the truth.
Hichilema directed his secretary general Stephen Katuka to notify the police of their intentions to demonstrate in solidarity with FIC.
“FIC is a statutory body meaning it is a creation of parliament. It is not Tshuma’s report, it is your report. We in the UPND support 100% the FIC board because they are doing a good job,” he said.
He said that his party would invite the ZCID to do clerical work at the dialogue table as they had no capacity to oversee the process.
“There is no issue of someone not wanting to meet, we are available but not under ZCID because they have no capacity. I am told they are crying to the church that they want to secretaries, well, be my guest but we will scrutinize those notes,” he said.
“We are willing to go to the dialogue table as long as ZCID surrender that role to the church.”
Hichilema launched his trademark tirade on the Electoral Commission of Zambia labelling the conduct in Chilanga as disgraceful.
The UPND had put up a half-hearted acceptance of the outcome but Hichilema was back on the attack.
He accused the PF of being the architects of violence during by-elections.
“The PF are the source of violence, they are the brainchild of violence. We are the victims of violence,” he said.
Hichilema urged his members to fight back each time they are attacked saying they were tired of being brutalized.
He also said that the constitution should be amended to ensure that if a councillor resigned the party that hold the seat should find a replacement without going for an election.
Hichilema said that most councillors found it easy to resign as they were only picked as a result of having grade 12 certificates and not on merit.